The Environmental Working Group said Thursday that 26 of the 28 products it tested contained trace amounts of weed killer.
Weed killer Round-Up’s main ingredient, glyphosate, were found in levels that the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) scientists say were higher than normal, according to a new report.
While the cereal manufacturers say their products are safe, the EWG’s report argues that glyphosate might pose a cancer risk after long-term consumption.
The foods tested included Honey Nut Cheerios and Quaker Simply Granola Oats.
None of the foods the EWG tested violate Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards on the herbicide, but the EWG uses a more conservative benchmark.
Quaker said in a statement that the “EWG report artificially creates a ‘safe level’ for glyphosate that is detached from those that have been established by responsible regulatory bodies in an effort to grab headlines.”
“I don’t think that people should become hysterical,” Sarah Evans, an assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told CNN. “But people need to be really aware of where their food is coming from and what’s getting into their foods.”